Vegan Cookies Take Over the Cookie Jar Review

by Cathleen
(USA)

Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero have had great success with their cookbooks, including Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and have followed them up with several others. Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar is a cute and fun small-sized cookbook that's packed with delicious recipes. Every cookie I've made from the book has been really, really good, and I've shared most with non-vegans, who all loved them.





Just like the cupcake book, there are cookie-baking tips and hints at the beginning of the book and tons of gorgeous pictures of the goodies. I've made quite a few of their recipes and want to share a few of my favorites from this fabulous cookbook.




One family Thanksgiving, my sister and I made the black and white NYC style cookies for family and they were loved by all. They're fluffy and just-sweet-enough, with a hint of citrus and perfect texture. Isa and Terry recommend eating them the same day, and we just about did-- the rest were snuck in for breakfast the next day.




During the holidays, I baked a batch of gingerbread cookies and sugar cutouts for my husband's office party. The gingerbread were heralded as "the best gingerbread cookies ever" and the sugar cookies were "so delicious."




A few notes about both recipes... I was worried about the gingerbread because they came out very soft and all my snowmen shapes lost heads and arms. I might not have cooked them long enough. The flavor developed over time and these cookies were more amazing the day after I baked them. The sugar cookies had the really flaky dough reminiscent of old-school egg-filled butter cookies, so I created a method of pounding the rolling pin rather than actually rolling it. That worked. Both were delicious.




I also made the fig bars and those never made it to the office. They are wickedly good and we hoarded them for ourselves. I made them in an 8"x8" pan like the recipe requires, but they come out really thick, like brownies. I think next time I'm going to try to flatten them and really mimic Fig Newtons.




I highly recommend Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. I do love everything that Isa comes up with, but this is a special book. I'm now just waiting a reasonable amount of time before diving into a few more recipes.




Oh and p.s. If you missed the interview I got to do with Isa Chandra Moskowitz, check it out to learn more about her.

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